Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Chicken Spaghetti ala The Pioneer Woman

So I attempted my first Pioneer Woman recipe today. For a cost of just about $20.00 I was able to feed the 4 of us plus have left overs for forever. I forget that she cooks for a zillion people. I was able to fill my biggest casserole dish and put a tub away for another time. The recipe is on page 130 of her cook book in case you care to follow along...
Here are my during pictures...
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And the final result...DSC08836
 And the review from the kids...
It was a lot more work than I am used to... being super busy during the week, I look for quick and easy recipes. It took me about 2 hrs prep time to make this dish ~ and then another 40 minutes in the oven.
Will I make it again? Yes, it was a big hit.

Was it worth it? Yes, but I think next time I'll save myself some work and either cook boneless/skinless chicken which is what I normally do or buy a precooked chicken from the grocery store. It's about the same price and always tastes yummy.

I actually made dessert last night as well. DSC08839 It is warm spiced peaches and bananas DSC08838 over vanilla ice cream in a shortcake shell. DSC08842
Richard and Nate really liked it. Julianne doesn't eat peaches ~ go figure. I do have a recipe to make the spiced peaches from scratch but I cheated with the jar ones. Really, just as good and saved me a ton of work.

Next up... Ree's famous cinnamon rolls. I can do all the prep on a Saturday night and bake em up for Sunday morning. Wish me luck.


Sandra :) said...

I love Ree (Pioneer Woman) - she's such a hoot, and her recipes always look (and taste!) fantastic! Last night I made the Chocolate Cobbler she just blogged about (http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/05/a-tasty-recipe-grannys-chocolate-cobbler/) - I didn't have any because of my diet, and everybody else was so late getting home that I don't think anybody had any - it's still in the fridge! They can have it tonight :D

2 hours prep time for a dinner, tho? OUCH! I don't even want to do 2 hours prep for Thanksgiving, let alone for a regular weeknight dinner! Good thing it got the thumbs up from the kids - I would definitely trim prep time with boneless skinless breasts - they're a kitchen staple here. The dessert looks delicious as well!

Melissa said...

I am glad the Chicken Spaghetti was good - it looks delicious! I can't wait to hear about the cinnamon rolls - that is the one recipe I am DYING to try!

Mom Taxi Julie said...

2 hour prep is nuts!! I'll take the short cut version ;O)